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HOW TO START A BARBING SALON AND IMPROVE YOUR BARBING SALON AS AN AFRICAN

Updated on April 23, 2015

The natural call of looking good for men is a very serious business for both young and old Africans. This creates a huge platform for barbers(African male hair stylists) to thrive in business. This also has led to a continuous influx of barbers into the African society, and of lately male hair salons are really increasing in numbers with little or no experience, little consumer satisfaction and harsh conditions. In this article I am going to analyze some basic steps in which you need to start up a unique barbing saloon with improved customer satisfaction and increased profits because "Quality products attracts a large consumer base".

1. Get an easily accessible shop in well organized and moderately populated environment: This goes a long way and it really affects the way people patronize your services. If you have an accessible shop probably with a good parking space, quality access point and also in an environment in which people will feel safe and secured; it will be easy for someone to access your saloon and feel secure without much disturbance and insecurity. (Target: shopping complexes and good business district areas).

2. Interior and exterior planning and decoration:

Ø Good painting

Ø Moderate and comfortable furniture,

Ø Good electronic gadgets like TVs’, Sound systems, etc.

Ø Try to paste lovely posters that pass cheerful messages( note: it is always nice to change old posters on time),

Ø Use lovely carpets, rugs or tiles to general taste,

Ø Always ensure you have recent newspapers, magazines, catalogues and other informational materials (if possible get a nice small notice board in which you can paste useful information) and also minimal decoration.

All these create a comfortable atmosphere and increase convenience for your customers



3. Good equipments and the backup principle : To have a very good saloon you ensure you have the necessary barbing and styling equipments and the appropriate gadgets, for example a good set of combs, good clippers with efficient blades and the cutting steps, scissors , a comfortable barbing chair, a very good sterilizing unit, necessary hair treatment materials etc. Always ensure you have the right instruments for a wide variety of hair styles and prominent styles in fashion, because you may lose dozens of customers to fashion if you are not working with modern and updated equipments. Also good electric power source is needed as some countries in Africa do not have regular power supply. The backup principle is very important due to malfunctioning of equipments or wearing out of some part of the equipment at odd times, you must always have a spare for each of your gadgets because of efficient time management of your customer and yourself also, we all know how one can earn a bad reputation for delaying your customer due to the malfunction of an essential equipment.

4. Good character and good customer relation : The way you relate with your customers will either attract them or repel them, so endeavor to be at the best appreciable character always i.e. little or no pride, very good anger management and usage of inoffensive language. The barber should tend to have a good rapour with his customers by studying the customers psyche and bringing up healthy discussions and imbibe an atmosphere where the customer can really feel relaxed. Questions like how's has your day been? what kind of style do you like? do you enjoy our services? and other topics of healthy discussion should be imbibed, you should try to have a good sense of humor (you don’t have to be a clown or a standup comedian),souvenirs and other little gifts can put a smile on your customers faces.

5. Working skills and development: If you have the best equipments, good character and the most enchanting environment with poor barbing skills and techniques, it won’t take time before you crash out of business. So ensure you are good at what you do before embarking on opening a barbing saloon and if you are not very good try to get a good partner while you improve on your techniques. Developing your skills and updating them to meet the demands of new styles is essential.

6. Hygiene and general cleanliness : Cleanliness and hygiene is another factor overlooked, please ensure you have a handy cleaner or try to clean up your shop every time you finish barbing or at relative intervals and sterilize your equipments with the right sterilizing unit, never try to compromise your standard techniques for something lower, for example some barbers in West Africa use fire from a lighter to burn the blade of their clipper instead of using a sterilizing unit, so keep your hygiene standards up and classy and you will have your business booming in no time.

7. Moderation is a unique virtue that is needed in the every business and the salon business is not left out, so therefore be the best with the easiest available means and with good quality. Always employ moderation in your daily activities in the saloon.

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WISH YOU GOOD LUCK IN YOUR ALL ENDEAVOUR AND AS YOU OPEN YOUR DREAM SALOON WHEREVER , I HOPE YOU FIND THIS ESSENTIAL TIPS INFORMATIVE AND HELPFUL.   

 

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      vinspaklins 19 months ago

      This is a very good article, so directive and informative, it goes straight to point. i really love the arrangement and how the points are been enumerated.

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      balikis gadam 19 months ago

      thanks for the advice. Am about to open A very big unisex saloon @sango. I need barbers I do I go about it?beegeehey@gmail.com or gadambalikis@gmail.com. Thank

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      theywale 23 months ago

      Thanks bro.. May God bless you, i want to learn this job but people around me ask for money alone,, i was train for about 3 month in polytechnic ibadan during our EED COURSES... I'm now looking for a place to get certificate all what they ask for is money.. Can you plase help me out

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      phavour 23 months ago

      Good talk,to have beter salon you need to have good equipment like original clipper and more

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      saiphulmaleek 23 months ago

      How can I recognized original clipper pls !?

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      ikedi 23 months ago

      Thank you for this tips, it was really helpful.

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      option_barber 2 years ago

      To many that have so much passion for the barbering profession and desire to learn all what it's take to run a successful salon business. You can join my online virtual community on BBM it's a platform I use to teach people how to cut, manage salon and share salon experiences......... Send me invite on BBM Pin 58EB3EBD........ www.optionsbarbershop.wordpress.com

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      option_barber 2 years ago

      To many that have so much passion for the barbering profession and desire to learn all what it's take to run a successful salon business. You can join my online virtual community on BBM it's a platform I use to teach people how to cut, manage salon and share salon experiences......... Send me invite on BBM Pin 58EB3EBD

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      sir p 2 years ago

      Good work. can you organize a serminar for Barbers in ph.

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      Amaiyo Praises 2 years ago

      Nice tip br0... My boss taught me much bt dis helped extra... By Gods grace am on my oWn and if i add urs in it i would excell. Learninq doesn't stop here,.. Tankz

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      Da -Peacemaker 2 years ago

      this is incredible.....!

      readin all ur comments is like sittin in a class recieving lectures from profs......!

      i hav learnt alot 2day.

      pls, in addition, i want u to help me wit the list of items needed to start dis buzness, i'v downloaded enof barbing videos already. i want to knw the items needed,

      PLEASE, anyone can reach me on whatsapp 07030403917 wit the list

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      Da -Peacemaker 2 years ago

      this is incredible.....!

      readin all ur comments us like sittin in a class recieving lectures from profs......!

      i hav learnt alot 2day.

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      Leke 2 years ago

      Hello, pls kindly help suggest how to get good barbers in Zaria. I intend to start up a standard barbing salon in few weeks. Thanks

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      tunde 2 years ago

      tanx bro,i wnt 2 go into the biz but im employing a stylist,please how do i pay him and how do i knw he is not rubbing me.u can reach me on whatsap or txt 08054017751 tanx

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      effizy fricky 2 years ago

      nice one broda.

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      Emmy-fashion 2 years ago

      wow I tank u all for dis site barbing is a good business dat need good skills already am a barber from ebonyi state Nigeria dat need more skills and I need sum one dat will educate me more on barbing, all good character is required on every barber is averlable ,bt I need more lecture from a professional barber .... Any one who is interested in d lecture pls add me on whatsap 08103339240 Or on BB pin 2336BFA1....

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      Emmy-fashion 2 years ago

      wow I tank u all for dis site barbing is a good business dat need good skills already am a barber from ebonyi state Nigeria dat need more skills and I need sum one dat will educate me more on barbing, all good character is required on every barber is averlable ,bt I need more lecture from a professional barber .... Any one who is interested in d lecture pls add me on whatsqpp 08103339240 Or on BB pin 2336BFA1....

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      Emmy-fashion 2 years ago

      wow I tank u all for dis site barbing is a good business dat need good skills already am a barber dat need more skills I need sum one dat will educate me more on barbing all good character is required on every barber is averlable bt I need more lecture from a professional barber ....

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      Abdulhakeem adebayor sawmill 2 years ago

      am From ilorin one of tj barbing salon staff 2advice all d barbingsalo members 2 know how 2entertain ur customers nd.100 /100 sure about ur hand working with all dis nd ur ur prayerful u we make it .....God know d best

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      Business Nigeria 2 years ago

      Thanks for this superb article. I always advise that barbers look for ways to make their venture unique. You can have a look at my guide here : http://www.practicalbusinessideas.com/2015/01/how-...

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      Jeff 2 years ago

      I love this write up! Thanks author!

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      Goodness 2 years ago

      I have my own saloon , but by reading the tips i gain alot to improve my saloon

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      tunde pem 3 years ago

      I Am barber I did freedom 4rm my boss suum month ago... I ned shop 2wrk nd I dnt wanna wrk wit my boss 4sum reason.. I live in okokomaiko, lagos state... If u knw okokomaiko u must knw my boss (pem barbin salon) if dere is opportunity cal me pls 08169986589 or bbm pin 26907EC7 tanx all...

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      Sisqo 3 years ago

      I hv a saloon managed by sm1 I employed. Bt 4 sm days nw, he'z behavin' as if he'z tired of stayin. I wanted 2 kip him aside so I can manage it maself bt am still in sch n hv no enuf chance. Pls wat shld I do. 08136409087. Tnx.

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      femi 3 years ago

      every businesses need capital,can you also help in that area,how can you help in such thanks.

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      Vaibhav 3 years ago

      Pls someone help with contact details and address to purchase barbing chairs

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      Moruff Olalekan 3 years ago

      Add Your Comment...@Femi and Prince, welcome to the industry, before you open the salon, ensure you have a barber that can commit himself to the growing of the salon @ onset not money, but with promising long-run benefits. There are 4 ways you can enter into negotiation with your employee-stylist: 1. Commission package 2. Booth rentage 3. saary/wage package 4. equity Partnership package.

      @ Nicky, salon equipment is available at Oshodi, Lekki, and idumota. In Ibadan, you can get it at Hossanah and God Grace @ Ogunpa. pls ensure you go with a barber that has standard tools n equipments in his shop for best quality equipments.

      For those interested in setting-up, manage, or work as barber-stylist, or hair products manufacturer, you can book your reservation for 2nd Annual seminar on Running a Successful Salon Business in Nigeria. Date: sat 8th of march, 2014. Venue: Lafia Hotel, Apata, Ibadan. Only 20 seats is available and Group reservation attracts 20% off discount. For more enquiry, questions and more on salon, pls contact us at OPTIONS BARBER ACADEMY, call/whatsapp:08064902464, optionsbarbershop@gmail.com, www.optionsbarbershop.wordpress.com, www.barbingsalonbusiness.blogspot.com

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      nicky 3 years ago

      Tanx 4 ur article, I luv it. I need advise how to set up a standard barbing saloon and how and where to get original barbing saloon equipments. Contact me via: nicholasbliss@gmail.com or 08035002515

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      funminiyi 3 years ago

      Barbing business is gone beyond known how to cut hair, customers care is very important innovative is needed, u need to set a standard, I think this is a right Time for barbers to have seminars on how to improve in Barbing business. Funminiyi 08062959060 or 09091989014

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      Prince 3 years ago

      Hi, l love your article. I have concluded plans on opening a barbing salon in febuary 2014 but my problem is on how to pay the barber managing the barbing salon because I will not be around to monitor the shop and also I don't know how to barb. Please your advice is needed urgently, reside in abj

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      Abijohn.Enelamah 3 years ago

      I am a professional barber barbing is wat i do four a living and i ned a barbing job (07081409176)please call me for a job.

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      tony 3 years ago

      Hello. I am already half way in opening a standard barbing salon as i have gotten a place. My problem is how to obtain d materials like d chairs mirror and other materials needed inside. Can u pls help me wit an address of a place in Lagos? I live i sokoto state.

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      Abijohn Enelamah 3 years ago

      I am a professional barber that ned,s a barbing jorb..(emall)mrenelamah@gmail.com

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      Anyi 3 years ago

      Hi Tolu, l love your article. I have concluded plans on opening a barbing salon in January 2014 but my problem is on how to pay the barber managing the barbing salon because I will not be around to monitor the shop and also I don't know how to barb. Please your advice is needed urgently, thanks. anyinatture@yahoo.com

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      olalekan moruff 3 years ago

      Hello forum,

      For you to be a professional, you must be train by professional. That is the basic truth. At OPTIONS BARBER ACADEMY, we are committed to train you in three area of barbering that makes you a professional: Art of Haircutting, Science of Barbering and barbering salon business management. our training is flexible at your own pace.

      contact us via optionsbarbershop@gmail.com or 08064902464.

      http://ng.linkedin.com/pub/moruff-olalekan/61/96b/...

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      oguns kola 3 years ago

      i am professional barber..and saloon planner.if u1 need help on hw 2 start ur own saloon or get original equipment. cal ds number. 08138832070.thks

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      kelvin 4 years ago

      rili do app ur tips.i just added u via fb n hope to c u there.

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      Tijani Adeyemi 4 years ago

      We looking for an hair stylist, male and female well experienced. please contact UMAR on 07086644560 or no1,sanyaolu street oregun ikeja.

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      uche cevac 4 years ago

      pls i need a business plan for a standard barbing saloon located at Lagos nig,thanks

      uche cevac

      my face book address cevac resources

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      tope 4 years ago

      am temitope by name good to people lk u around and thanks for ur idea

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      Aby 4 years ago

      nice one from you Tolulope. i find your write up very helpful, as i just opened a barbing saloon and am looking for ways to make it best in town. Thanks

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      onasanyaolalekan 4 years ago

      yaah dis is beautiful

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      em2 5 years ago

      i want to know the cost of setting up a barbing saloon

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      Oketoki Femi 5 years ago

      Thank you my Brother, I av interest in barber but i don't know much about it. I want to employ someone, should i go ahead. May i also know the cost. U can reach me on 08025902767 or oketokifemi@yahoo.com. God bless you.

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      OGBECHE MARK 5 years ago

      hello tolu,i need ur help" my up coming project is establishment of barbing salon and i dont know were to start from now.And u know the important of project if u can give me any vital information about it i will be very happy

      thanks keep waiting for ur respond.

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      Benz B 5 years ago

      Excellent Hub. It's small businesses like barber shops that can improve communities and perceptions of how people are viewed. We all have a role to play. These are awesome tips and I can see that you are great at your craft. See you at the TOP!

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      Matthew o 5 years ago

      Wants to open one but am not good. And as a result i want to employ barbers but am scared that they might use it to enrich themselves. How do i make sure that this dont occur? Pls reply me via matete247@gmail.com asap

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      DONGEE 5 years ago

      Am a qualified nd profesional barber, looking a gud nd well located barbershop in portharcourt to manage if u interested, call me on 07067679694 OR U EMAIL ON GREATDONGEE@YAHOO.COM

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      Jhondollar 5 years ago

      Gud job, keep it up man

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      Emmy 5 years ago

      Need a swagger barber in makurdi. I've a gud location. Pls post if interested

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      gourav arora 5 years ago

      i want to do the job if u want

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      Bala musa 5 years ago

      I want to start a barbing saloon located at stadiun, pls wat to kw weather is gud area for that business?....

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      enny 5 years ago

      thanks 4 d word

      Am a barber but how can i get a barbing job outside Nigeria?

      08020693817

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      Emmanuel 5 years ago

      Nice tip am glad

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      Emmanuel 5 years ago

      God bless u man

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      Mathew ihuoma 5 years ago

      I jst took a bold step by renting a very nice apartment wt a parking space. But my chanlenges nw is dat is an upster nd my shop is at d top, nd there ar other salons in d area. Pls i need an advice on hw 2 make my salon d leading salon in d area dispert it situation. Thanks. Mathew

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      POSH BARBER SHOP 5 years ago

      Thanks for update,I found this site usefull as am about to expand my saloon shops to some other areas to reduce transportation to my customers.I appreciate your post and will like to be a member...take kia

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      Elegant B 5 years ago

      In fact u've partially lifted the burden had to open a saloon. To be totally lifted, how do one know original clippers? How does sterilisation be done efficiently?

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      Nura 5 years ago

      Please were do I get original barber chair in Nigeria.

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      Valentine 5 years ago

      Pls wat do i have to learn, i mean d basics of barbing, if i av 2 go 4 training 4 2wks broda, cos i aint got enuf tym 2 learn @ length. U can reply me via sacredtunde@yahoo.com. Expet 2 hear frm u asap.

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      Ehis 5 years ago

      Nice one broda.it really helped me out ..keep it up

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      oow-cee rowl 5 years ago

      its good having people who are generous with profitable info. God bless u and keep it up man.

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      Iyke 5 years ago

      Pls, hw do i know a good original clipper wen buying it. Tanx sir.

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      Iyke 5 years ago

      Am a graduate, wit Bsc, and also a barbar. Hw can i get a saloon job outside nigeria. Tanx.08034377144. Iyke mela..facebook

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      ngassa didier 5 years ago

      please i will realy like to combat that idal of yours. how can i get to know u

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      Peter Effiong 5 years ago

      u r God sent to ppl lyk us who wnts 2 b an entreprenuers. Barbin saloon biz is wit i wnt 2 stat wit, bt aimin at a stndard Unisex Saloon. I don't hav any xperience of barbin , bt i wnt 2 employ gudskild barbas. Pls., i need more advice n tips frm u. Thnks. KITU! Keep It Up.

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      Image 5 years ago

      I like all ur advice may God help U nd ur Familly.

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      andy 5 years ago

      nice concept there,it was really nice cos it gave me a huge clue about my project proposal....

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      fakozy 5 years ago

      tnx for ur annalisice.

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      Faeo 'Lyre' Clive 5 years ago

      Am a barber by my article tagged 'Barbing'

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      ARABA HABEEB 6 years ago

      I am an o level student and i want to be a professional barber within a year

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      olayemi tolulope 6 years ago

      you are welcome vera, and in a city like lagos your start up capital will depend on the area you intend to site your barbing saloon,but from my research i can give you figures if you contact me via mail. tboy4real_16@yahoo.com and also the challenges it aint nothing serious.

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      Vera 6 years ago

      Thanks for the knowledge shared, keep it up! Pls how much will it cost me to establish a modern barbing saloon in a city like lagos? What re d challenges for a lady owning such business? Thanks

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      olayemi tolulope 6 years ago

      @opeyemi thanks and @eddy you can send me a message to as when we should chat on facebook

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      Opeyemi 6 years ago

      Thanks for this.Just the little motivation i needed to move on with my plans. Keep up the good work

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      eddy 6 years ago

      tanx tolu....wud like to chat with you maybe on facebook though

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      tolubecky 6 years ago

      how do i get professional barbers,since i can't barb

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      olayemi tolulope 6 years ago

      becky your welcome. have a nice time.

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      becky 6 years ago

      thanks for the tips. its just what i needed

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      olayemi tolulope 6 years ago

      hello readers watch out for more essential tips on lifestyle and business coming soon!!!!!!!!

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      olayemi tolulope 6 years ago

      hi, its good giving out my research work to everyone interested in having a good barbing salon in africa. thanks for reading